Saturday 21st July...First XI continue winning run at Newton le Willows

The First XI travelled to Newton le Willows and were asked to bat bat first. The loss of early wickets left the score on 64 for 4 but by then Greg Harvey had already begun the recovery and when he was out for 78, the score was 169 for 7. Daniel Kelly then led the side to maximum batting points and a declaration on 222 for 8 in 50 overs.

Dan finished on 41 not out and he continued his good work when Newton le Willows began their reply, taking the first three wickets. Rory McInness-Gibbons took his first wicket for the First XI, Rob Houghton took 3 for 43 as the home side were dismissed four overs from the end for 139 in 43.5 overs. Daniel Kelly finished on 6 for 44 for a fine all round performance.

The First XI now move up to third in the table and await table toppers Southport and Birkdale next week.

The Second XI welcomed last year's champions Ormskirk to Sefton Park. The visitors batted first on a green wicket and put on 56 for the first wicket. They went on to declare on 181 for 9 in 45 overs with John Fretwell taking 3 for 32 and Mark Chappell 5 for 41. Sefton's reply never got started and after being 6 for 4, only Rob Supria (27) and Richie Conlan (10) reached double figures as they were dismissed for 59 in 29.2 overs.

Rob Supria  

(left) Rob Supria top scored for the Second XI with 27 in the match against Ormskirk.



Austin Ventre and John Fretwell  

(left) Austin Ventre beats John Fretwell to a catch off Mark Chappell's bowling in the Second XI game against Ormskirk

(below) Another wicket for Mark Chappell, this time a stumping by Richie Conlan

  Richie Conlan
Liverpool's Thirds were the visitors to play Sefton's Thirds on the Lower Ground. Liverpool batted first and were dismissed for 115 in 44 overs with Chris Mitchell taking 3 for 29, Louis Disley 3 for 10 and Tim Gray 2 for 34. Sefton made hard work of the reply but four fours in an inning of 13 by Louis Disley saw them home with 7 wickets down in the 29th over.. Earlier, top scorers had been Michael Hargreaves with 33 and Mike Lowe with 28
Mike Lowe  
Mike Lowe scored 28 for the Third XI in their home win over Liverpool's Thirds

The Fourth XI travelled to play Birkenhead Park's Third XI. The home side batted first and scored 196 for 7 declared. Terry Macklin took 2 for 47 and Jack Gordon-Brown 3 for 41. Sefton slumped to 139 for 9 in reply with Rob Kennedy scoring 25 and James Hague 31 but a late rally by Joe Taylor with 41 meant that they finished only 11 runs short on 185 all out.

The Fifth XI travelled to Crosby to play Northern's Fifth XI. The home side batted first and declared on 202 for 5 with James Foster taking 3 for 55. Sefton scored 140 for 8 in reply with Dave Tarttelin with 56 not out and under 13 Ronan Brady batting out the last 17 overs for a draw,